December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

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... wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year in 2008!

December 28, 2007

Comparison of Libraries and Paris Hilton in Internet Searching trends

After I figured out how to compare searches, I was pleasantly surprised to see that comparing the search term "library" to "paris hilton" showed that many more searches were conducted with the word library. So are libraries more popular than Paris Hilton? Let's hope so :-)

Google Zeitgeist shows decrease in the search "Library" over the years

Should librarians consider this a disturbing trend in searching for internet resources? Or does this decreasing trend of individuals searching Google on the word "library" mean something else. I think it means that people are using the library for other things than just the traditional checking out of books. With more libraries offering teen services, gaming, online services, etc., many people already have the URL of their local library bookmarked and don't need to search Google for it? Wouldn't that be nice... Hmmm, well, I'm not exactly sure what this trend really means but I do find it interesting. Be sure to go to Google Zeitgeist and see what people are searching for. Makes for interesting discussion!

Reminder: Deadlines Approaching For Two Grant Opportunities from ALA’s Public Programs Office

Great Stories CLUB
Connect with hard-to-reach, underserved teens by conducting a Great Stories CLUB reading and discussion program in your library. Online applications will be accepted through February 1 at

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, invites them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. By showing troubled teens that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration, and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world, the program will inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading.

For tips on preparing an application, a list of the titles included, guidelines and the online application, visit or contact

We the People “Created Equal” Bookshelf
The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office.

Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2007-2008 Bookshelf is “Created Equal.” Public libraries are invited to apply online through January 25, 2008. A total of 3,000 libraries will be selected to receive the “Created Equal” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced on March 31, 2008.

For more information, or to complete an online application, visit  With questions, contact

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Promote Your Library in e-News@PLA

Want your library to be featured in an upcoming issue of e-news @ PLA? PLA is currently looking for libraries to profile in 2008. Email Louisa Worthington at for more information.

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December 27, 2007

iLibrarian » Track Building Visitors by their Cell Phones

The UK company Path Intelligence has developed a pedestrian path measurement technology which automatically monitors the routes that visitors take within a building from their cell phone signals, (these signals do not reveal user identities). This technology aggregates these visitor movements and presents them within a continuously updating interface indicating visitor concentration levels at different times within different areas of the building. The technology is meant to be used as a way to optimize building layouts and staffing levels by providing insight into where people are naturally going, and also to quantify the impact of marketing campaigns by monitoring foot traffic to particular areas.
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National Film Registry, 2007


Back to the Future (1985)
Before "Beowulf" or "The Polar Express," writer/director Robert Zemeckis explored the possibilities of special effects with the 1985 box-office smash "Back to the Future." With his writing partner Bob Gale, Zemeckis tells the tale of accidental time-tourist Marty McFly.  Stranded in the year 1955, Marty (Michael J. Fox)—with the help of Dr. Emmett Brown (played masterfully over-the-top by Christopher Lloyd)—must not only find a way home, but also teach his father how to become a man, repair the space/time continuum and save his family from being erased from existence. All this, while fighting off the advances of his then-teenaged mother.  It's “The Twilight Zone” meets Preston Sturges.

Bullitt (1968)
For his first American film, British director Peter Yates made an inspired decision: shoot a crime drama on location in San Francisco, rather than on the usual streets of L.A. or New York City.  The pitched streets and stunning vistas of San Francisco, backed by a superb Lalo Schifrin score, play a central role in this film renowned for its exhilarating 11-minute car chase, arguably the finest in cinema history.  Steve McQueen as the cop in the title role romances Jacqueline Bisset and solves a murder case while fighting off the mob and a sleazy district attorney, played by Robert Vaughn.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
After his 1975 blockbuster “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg produced this intelligent sci-fi film in which the climactic scene is set far from an ocean: Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming.  Long a sacred place in Native American folklore, the monument served as an iconic image around which to construct this film about the quest for extraterrestrial life and UFOs. Also making the film effective and believable is Richard’s Dreyfuss’ Everyman character Roy Neary: “I wanna speak to the man in charge."   The five-tone musical motif used for communication with the aliens has become as quotable as any line of movie dialogue.  

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Although there were numerous women filmmakers in the early decades of silent cinema, by the 1930s directing in Hollywood had become a male bastion—with one exception.  Dorothy Arzner graduated from editing to directing in the late 1920s, often exploring the conflicted roles of women in contemporary society. In “Dance, Girl, Dance,” her most intriguing film, two women (Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara) pursue life in show business from opposite ends of the spectrum: burlesque and ballet. The film is a meditation on the disparity between art and commerce.  The dancers strive to preserve their own feminist integrity, while fighting for their place in the spotlight and for the love of male lead Louis Hayward.

Dances With Wolves (1990)
A personal project for star Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves” disproved a reputation  Western films had acquired in the latter years of the 20th Century for being money-losers. The film also became the second Western to win the Academy Award for Best Film. The movie presents a fairly simple, intimate story (the quest of a cavalry soldier to get to know a nearby Sioux tribe and his resulting spiritual transformation) in an epic fashion, with sweeping cinematography and a majestic John Barry score. The film marks one of the more sympathetic portraits of Native-American life ever shown in American cinema, and introduced the American public to Lakota Sioux folklore, traditions and language.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Often called one of the most beautiful films ever made (acknowledging the sublime cinematography of Nÿstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler), “Days of Heaven” is an impressionist painting for the screen. The wheat fields and prairies of the Texas Panhandle—filmed in Alberta—shine and undulate in wind currents and storms, framing the tale of a love triangle (Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard) fated to end badly.  The dialogue is spare, punctuating an elegiac score by Ennio Morricone and haunting narration by Linda Manz, who speaks from a child’s point of view. After this film (his second after “Badlands”), director Terrence Malick disappeared from public view for 20 years, returning in 1998 with “The Thin Red Line.”

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December 21, 2007

No Cookies in the Library - Classic Sesame Street

just for a little friday fun! vintage video of Sesame St. Cookie Monster in the library. We've come a long way!

December 20, 2007

Sexy Librarians of the Future Will Help You Upload Your Videos to YouTube

This is a great article: check it out!

Sexy Librarians of the Future Will Help You Upload Your Videos to YouTube

Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick / December 20, 2007

A new poll from Harris Interactive was released this morning, finding that US respondents are more excited about watching mainstream, commercial content like full length TV shows and movies online than are about watching User Generated Content, news or sports video.While hardly surprising, I don't think it has to be this way forever. Who could help improve this landscape by maximizing the impact of the read/write web? Super sexy librarians, that's who!The Harris poll provoked two trains of thought in my mind. First, would these numbers change if high-quality and relevant videos were easier to find on sites like YouTube?   more...
Sexy Librarians of the Future Will Help You Upload Your Videos to YouTube - ReadWriteWeb

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Bundestag Dome

After the breakfast with Berlin librarians, we toured parts of the Bundesdag. This video takes you from the top of the dome to the bottom.

Noise Level Zones at Oak Park Public Library

this is a great idea for public libraries!
i noticed this on Michael Stephen's Tame the Web blog:

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Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) Mildly Attractive Men 2008 Pin Up Calendar!

I just got a copy of -The "Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS" calendar for Christmas from my wonderful friend Caroline!  What an inventive fundraiser idea! And it's a great calendar too with LIS dates and all.  Go to the web site and you can buy one online and have it shipped to you. 

The LISSA students are using the sale proceeds to go to the IFLA conference in Quebec this summer. 

You can order a copy through Paypal. The cost is $12.00 plus $1.00 for shipping. Be sure to include your name and address when ordering.

Calendar web site where you can order online:

Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA)

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December 18, 2007

River of Words

This is a brief video about the River of Words project which is a visual arts and poetry contest. Any student age 5-19 is eligible to participate. The program is sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the SC Center for the Book. For more information, visit

New Design

Well, as you can tell, I got tired of my old blog template so I'm going to give this one a go and see after a few days if I like it or not :-)

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Bundestag Breakfast

In the next few weeks I'll be posting some of my favorite YouTube videos I created from my experiences on the Study Tour of German Libraries. Here is the first. We were having a wonderful breakfast with colleagues on the rooftop restaurant of the Bundestag. It got incredibly hot and I opened a door to let in some air. The food and company was wonderful. Michael Cullen talked to the group about Berlin and was very informative. Enjoy!

Top 10 Novel Ideas + Invisible Floating Bookshelf (SUPER GALLERY)

Those who love showing off how well read they are will adore displaying their books on this invisible floating bookshelf. Displaying favorite books is an exceptionally easy way to reflect personal style, values and interests, and the Conceal Bookshelf will do so in a non-space-evasive way.

As computer-focused as our world is getting, there is still something irresistible about real books. They hold a charm that many younger generations will never learn to appreciate.

These bookshelves, cases and unique designs are dedicated to old-fashioned book. The furnishings speak to bookworms who enjoy collecting favourite stories, appreciate the classics, or simply like to indulge in the comforts of curling up with a good novel.

Top 10 Novel Ideas + Invisible Floating Bookshelf (SUPER GALLERY)

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December 17, 2007

Nice library sign

This sign is better than most of the "turn off!" signs you tend to see in many public libraries.  We need to be more friendly in our signage when it comes to cell phones and everyone can learn a lesson from Skokie Public Library.  Great sign!

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December 11, 2007

Speaker @ the Center – Andrew Billingsley to Speak at SC Center for the Book

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Speaker @ the Center – Andrew Billingsley to Speak at SC Center for the Book

Columbia, SC -- Bring your lunch and enjoy an interesting hour with author Andrew Billingsley as he discusses his book, Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and His Families. On May 13, 1862, the enslaved African American Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate warship, the Planter, from Charleston harbor and piloted the vessel to cheering seamen of the Union blockade, thus securing his place in the annals of Civil War heroics. Slave, pilot, businessman, statesman, U.S. congressman, Smalls played many roles en route to becoming an American icon, but none of his accomplishments was a solo effort. Billingsley offers the first biography of Smalls to assess the influence of his families—black and white, past and present—on his life and enduring legend. -University of South Carolina Press, 2007
Andrew Billingsley is a professor of sociology and African American studies and senior scholar in residence at the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. He served as a professor and chair of the Department of Family Studies and a professor of sociology and African American studies at the University of Maryland, as president of Morgan State University, and as provost at Howard University.

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
Noon—1 p.m.
SC State Library Administration Building
Room 309, 1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

This free lunchtime program is presented by the South Carolina Center for the Book ( ), the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The SC Center for the Book is a cooperative project of the SC State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities Council SC.

RCPL's The Link

Check out the newest branch of the Richland County Public Library. The new branch was funded with an LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the SC State Library

December 07, 2007

South Carolina Obituary Resources Page

Check out the latest YouTube video about the SC Obituary Resources web page available from the SC State Library's web site.

December 06, 2007

Dr. Robert Ackerman at the SC Center for the Book

Today Dr. Ackerman discussed the subject of his recent book, Wade Hampton III, at the Speaker @ the Center book discussion. For more information visit

December 05, 2007

Book scanning robot

Chris Zammarelli took this quick vid of the amazing scanning robot at the Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Fascinating!!!

RCPL the Link - opening

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RCPL Executive Director David Warren, South Carolina Representative Nathan Ballentine, Friends of RCPL Representative Susan Mazur, Richland County Councilman Bill Mallinowski and RCPL Board of Trustees Chairman Rox Pollard officially opened The Link, Ballentine on December 4.

RCPL Adds Innovative New Location to Rapidly Growing Community

The Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C. opened its 11th location—The Link, Ballentine—to a crowd of more than 150 children, teens and adults on December 4.

The highly anticipated facility features popular reading and children’s collections as well as a number of technologically advanced services, including wireless Internet access and a video reference system that allows users to see and speak with a reference librarian at the Main Library’s General Reference and Business, Science and Technology Reference desks.

With a statewide property tax referendum limiting local funds for libraries, this new facility was made possible because the Friends of RCPL matched a $65,000 Library Services and Technology Act Grant. This support allowed RCPL to increase services in the rapidly growing Ballentine community in Northwest Richland County, an area that was served only by a Bookmobile.

“The video conferencing technology, which has been adapted for commercial efforts but not widely used to date in public libraries, allowed us to utilize current staff at the Main Library to provide personalized reference services,” said RCPL’s Executive Director David Warren. “Maximizing current resources, including staff and the numerous materials in several formats now available through our Web site, allows us to enhance services to a more remote area of our community.”

RCPL also worked with a local architecture firm to carry out its Build Green philosophy by refurbishing and reusing several aspects of the rented, storefront facility including furniture, shelving and concrete floors.

In December of 2006, naturalist and avid library supporter Rudy Mancke fulfilled a childhood dream of driving a bookmobile when he guided RCPL’s Bookmobile along its final journey to be parked at the future library location, where it nearly tripled its circulation.

For more information on The Link, please call 803-929-3440 or visit

December 03, 2007

January is National Mentoring Month

Libraries, here is an idea for promoting National Mentoring Month!

Contact organizations in your area that have mentoring programs or would like to start a mentoring program to an open house in January in honor of National Mentoring Month.  Get your Friends Group to help sponsor the event with refreshments. Find a local speaker to come and talk about the importance of mentoring.  Set up a small book/video display about mentoring. Talk about how the library can provide meeting space for mentoring programs.  Show the PSA on mentoring!

National Mentoring Month (NMM) highlights mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives. Spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the firstever NMM was held January 2002. This month-long outreach campaign focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for our young people.
MENTOR :: National Mentoring Month

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Techopolis: Library Pod - The Cave is Novel Design for Bookies

I love this kind of design feature when it comes to library furniture.  What a neat area to read in!

Avid readers will love retreating into this little library pod to be one with their books. "The Cave" is a relaxing and comfortable space intended for reading -- the system even includes bookshelves!
Techopolis: Library Pod - The Cave is Novel Design for Bookies

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December 02, 2007

Library as Place

This is a great library school student made video. They make a lot of important observations about library services. Check it out!

November 16, 2007

November 14, 2007

Robert Ackerman to Speak at SC Center for the Book

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Bring your lunch and enjoy an interesting hour with author and history professor, Robert K. Ackerman as he discusses his book, Wade Hampton III. Providing the most balanced and comprehensive portrayal of Wade Hampton III to date, Robert K. Ackerman's biography explores the remarkable abilities and tragic failings of the planter-statesman who would come to personify the Civil War and Reconstruction in South Carolina.

Robert K. Ackerman is a retired professor of history who has served as dean of Erskine College and Drew University and as president of Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is the author of several works on South Carolina history, including South Carolina Colonial Land Policies. Ackerman lives in Lexington, South Carolina.

Thursday, December 6, 2007
Noon—1 p.m.
SC State Library Administration Building
Room 309, 1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

This free lunchtime program is presented by the South Carolina Center for the Book, the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The SC Center for the Book is a cooperative project of the SC State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities Council SC.

November 07, 2007

November 05, 2007

Carvers Bay (SC) Branch Library: Gaming the Way to Literacy

Innovation happens in the most surprising places. If asked which US library is pushing the envelope on introducing interactive computer gaming in public libraries, how many would look to the most rural, poor, and isolated corner of a county in South Carolina? And if informed that this corner of the library world has a 30% illiteracy rate, a 15% unemployment rate, a poverty level exceeding 30% with up to 90% of school kids eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches, and a meager 2% rate for library card registration, what odds would you give that it can even keep its doors open?
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Ben Franklin Exhibit at Georgetown County Library

This is a wonderful promotional video for the exhibit! Congrats to Georgetown County Library!

Williamsburg County Library

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Yesterday I attended two branch library dedications for new Children's wings in Hemingway and Kingstree South Carolina. I made two presentations and here were my remarks to the groups:

Introduce Jane Connor, youth services consultant.

David Goble, state librarian, sends his regrets

Libraries are community treasure chests,
They are loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card.

Libraries are important.

Author Ray Bradbury once said that his library was a great place to write a novel about book burning,
He wrote his classic novel, Farenheit 451 in his library’s basement.

Libraries are important.

Teenagers can discover the pleasures of reading and gain the power of knowledge by going to libraries. With that power, they will be invincible.


Children know that if they have a question about the world, the library is the place to find the answer. And someone will always be there to help them find the answer--our librarians. (A librarian's) job is an important one. Our nation runs on the fuel of information and imagination that libraries provide. And they are in charge of collecting and sharing this information in a helpful way. Librarians inform the public, and by doing so, they strengthen our great democracy. First Lady Laura Bush

And in the words of Andrew Carnegie:
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.

Libraries ARE important.

Thank you.

November 03, 2007

librarian business card

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This is one of the best ways librarians and libraries can promote services. At the recent SC Library Association Annual Conference, Salley Davidson, Director of the Marion County Library gave me her new business card. It is AMAZING! Every service they offer is listed on the back along with branch information and web site address. Kudos to Salley! Everyone who works in a library should have a business card. If your library won't buy you some, spend $7.00 on shipping and get your own from!

Kwame Alexander on Libraries and the 2.0 World

Kwame Alexander, author and poetry guru, was the 2nd General Session speaker at the South Carolina Library Association's annual conference 2007. He was extremely inspirational and certainly has a high coolness quotient!

Keith Fiels on Libraries

Check out Keith Fiels, ALA Executive Director at the South Carolina Library Association annua conference in Columbia, SC.

October 31, 2007

SCLA 2007 Conference - Keith Fiels

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Today was the first day of our annual SCLA Conference with Keith Fiels, ALA Executive Director as opening general session keynote. He gave a wonderful presentation and provided listeners with many things to think about for the future of libraries. I will soon be posting a YouTube excerpt of his presentation so check back for a link next week.

October 27, 2007

My Photography Exhibit

some of my framed photography is currently on exhibit at the Richland County Public Library. Check it out!

October 22, 2007

scan robot

Probably the neatest thing I saw in a German library on my recent tour was the scan robot. It was absolutely amazing.

October 19, 2007


The folks from EventKeeper were using the SC State Library's web site as an example of how their online calendar integrated with Joomla works at the recent NY Library Association Conference.  Very Cool!
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October 17, 2007

Marketing Your Public Library


Check out this great marketing piece about the Lee County Library. It is a wonderful news story that really tells how libraries are changing.

parlimentary library in berlin

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Well, the visit of Germany libraries was amazing! I'm slowly but surely going through all of my photos and uploading them to my Flickr account. I also created many videos and will be adding them to youtube so stay tuned for more!

September 28, 2007

Leaving for Germany!

Hi everyone, 

Tomorrow I'll be leaving for Berlin on a two week study tour of the German parliamentary library system.  The “Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e. V.” (Initiative for Continuing Education in Academic and Research-Oriented Special Libraries and Related Institutions) – and the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation are sponsors of this two week Germany Library Study tour (October 1-14, 2007).

I will be trying to blog to the study tour blog while there so be sure to visit and depending on Internet access I'll provide updates as possible :-)

auf wiedersehen!

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Dewey Decimal System Song

Check out their song about the library! Dewey Decimal System

CD Baby: THE HIPWADERS: Educated Kid

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September 27, 2007

SC State Library’s SchoolRooms™ Links Students to Online Educational Resources

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The South Carolina State Library announced today that SC students will soon be able to access SchoolRooms ™, a web-based learning portal in their public and school libraries, and even in their homes. SchoolRooms™ is a state-of-the-art Web site designed to help students explore, discover and learn. In addition to providing superior learning resources to students, it also features resources for parents, teachers and librarians. SchoolRooms™ integrates thousands of pages of multimedia content, Web links, electronic resources and powerful search capabilities – all organized around the K-12 curriculum. In subject-oriented “virtual rooms” of hand-selected content, SchoolRooms visitors find the relevant resources and knowledge that meet their needs, whether for writing a research paper, understanding new concepts or delving deeper into an area of special interest. The SchoolRooms™ parent guide is a tool parents can use to help their children learn outside the classroom.

SchoolRooms™ continues the State Library’s commitment to providing information access to all South Carolinians. Partnering with public libraries, the SC Department of Education and SC Educational Television, SchoolRooms™ will constantly be updated with new materials and sources to provide the best resources for student achievement. “We are very excited to make SchoolRooms™ available to all South Carolina citizens. Finding ways to bridge the digital divide between information haves and information have nots is a strategic goals for the State Library.” said David Goble, Director of the South Carolina State Library.

Implementation of SchoolRooms™ will occur during fall 2007 through each public library system. This project is funded by the South Carolina State Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, P.L. 108-81, as amended, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information, contact:

Shae Tetterton
SchoolRooms Project Coordinator
SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
PO Box 11469
Columbia, SC 29211

Available Grants for Libraries

> We the People Bookshelf online grant applications available for public and school libraries. Application receipt deadline: January 25, 2008.

> Prime Time Family Reading Time grant applications available for public library systems and state-level organizations. Application receipt deadline: November 1, 2007.

> Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature grant applications available for programs to be presented in 2008-2009. Application deadline: December 3, 2007.

ALA | Public Programs Office

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September 21, 2007

Keeping Your Community Connected

Check out this wonderful promotional video about libraries. It's so nice to see South Carolina featured in such a positive light. Georgetown County Public Library is leading the way in the state as having a gaming branch with many programs that involve both reading and gaming. Look for more great things to come out of Georgetown, South Carolina. Congratulations Dwight and Marilyn!!! You are SC's gaming in libraries ambassadors :-)

September 19, 2007

Wyoming Libraries Marketing Campaign

This, along with other wonderful marketing ideas makes this a wonderful and well done marketing campaign for Wyoming libraries! Check out the campaign!

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September 18, 2007

Information Services @ SCSL

Information Services @ SCSL
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Check out the new web presence for our IS department. It includes links to the new "Beyond the Lions" blog! This is a great way to reach SC State Government employees and help them with research for their work.

September 16, 2007

Pamplico Library

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Today I attended the Pamplico Public Library ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication. The library is brand new and beautiful! There are plenty of workstations, a nice meeting room with lcd projector and screen, and nice seating areas. The children's PC is great too! Check out all the photos - click on the photo to see more. (BTW, Pamplico is a town with about 1,000 population and the library is HUGE!!!) how great for a small SC town!

September 07, 2007

Letters of Queen Elizabeth Lunch & Learn Program

Yesterday was a great Lunch & Learn program sponsored by the SC Center for the Book here at the SC State Library. Dr. Margaret Oakes from Furman University gave a great lecture/discussion session on the letters of Queen Elizabeth and the session was well attended. This was the second in a series of Center for the Book Lunch & Learn programs. For more information about the program, contact Susanna Brailsford,SC Literary Arts Partnership Coordinator
(803) 771-2477,

September 06, 2007

Greenwood County Library 2.1

Greenwood County Library 2.1
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moving on to the next level in Library 2.0 land...


ZIPskinny - Get the Skinny on that ZIP

I'm back from vacation and had a wonderful time! photos will be on my flickr site soon.  Just read about this neat web site and it uses 2000 Census data but does some neat comparisons. Libraries could use this data for many types of things. Check it out!

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August 17, 2007

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and kids that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
Ben Roethlisberger named Library Card Sign-up Month Spokesperson

The ALA announced that Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the 2006 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, will be the spokesperson for this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month, which begins September 1. Roethlisberger is featured on an ALA Graphics READ poster, which is being sent to national media by ALA as a public service announcement. Read more...


Send these audio PSAs out to local radio stations in your community. (mp3 files)

:10 Sign up for the smartest card of all!

:15 2/3 of Americans have library cards

:15 Come in, say hello and sign up!

:30 Families come together @ your library

:30 Time to head back to school

ALA | Library Card Sign-up Month 2007

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August 16, 2007


Finally, i'm taking a much needed vacation and I will not be blogging while away. In fact, I'm not even taking my laptop! Hard to imagine. I am, however, taking my camera and when i get back, my Flickr account will be overflowing with lots of photos from Spain, Italy, and Greece.  I'll be out of the office from Aug 20-Sept 4 and will be blogging again after I return.  C ya!

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Submit your Library News!

Submit your Library News!
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With the SC Online Library Community, you can submit your library's news! Check out the 5 minute web cast that shows you how.


August 14, 2007

Cooking With Nathalie Dupree

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COLUMBIA, SC – The Friends of the Richland County Public Library will host best-selling cookbook author and Chef Nathalie Dupree as the featured guest for this year’s Annual Meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St. This event is free and open to the public.

Dupree will discuss her most recent cookbook, Shrimp & Grits, which is dedicated to showing the appeal and versatility of shrimp and grits for any meal.

The author of 10 cookbooks and host of 300 television shows, Dupree is most famous for her understanding of Southern cooking and is credited with starting the popular New Southern Cooking movement. She currently resides in Charleston with her husband, author Jack Bass.

For more information on Nathalie Dupree, visit her Web site at

The Friends of RCPL is a nonprofit organization that works to raise support and awareness of the library. Friends’ memberships begin at only $25. Call 803-929-3475 for more details on membership or this special event.

August 10, 2007

Back to School idea

Back to School idea
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This is a great idea for a blog posting! Here at the Berkeley County Public Library Blog, they have posted some ideas and information about Back to School. This is a great way to reach out to the community!

Directory of Learning Tools

Directory of Learning Tools
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This is a growing Directory of over 1,600 learning tools ranging from traditional course development tools through 21st century (E-Learning 2.0) collaboration and sharing tools as well as tools for personal learning.

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August 07, 2007

Letters of Queen Elizabeth I

Letters of Queen Elizabeth I
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This free lunchtime program is presented by the SC Center for the Book,
the SC affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The SC Center
for the Book is a cooperative project of the SC State Library, the USC
School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities Council SC.
This program is sponsored in part by The Humanities Council SC, a state
program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging,
and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture,
and heritage.


August 06, 2007

RSVP award

RSVP award
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South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services Receives RSVP “Station of the Year” Award

At a recent luncheon hosted by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for Richland and Lexington Counties, Talking Book Services was honored to receive the “Station of the Year” Award in recognition of the library’s commitment to volunteerism and support of RSVP as a resource to help senior citizens get involved as volunteers. Each year, the “station of the year” award is presented to honor an agency or organization for its use of volunteers to assist with projects and programs. Since 1994, Talking Books Services has had a strong working partnership with the volunteer program, which has resulted volunteers with clerical skills donating over 800 hours of service.

RSVP of Richland and Lexington Counties matches the talents and interests of people 55 and older to community volunteer needs, performs vital services such as tutoring, mentoring, hospital and library work and assisting local non-profit organizations, and is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Talking Book Services, visit For more information about RSVP of Richland and Lexington Counties, visit

Pictured are (L) Naomi Bradey, SC State Library Talking Book Services and (R) Jennifer Derrick of Senior Resources.

August 03, 2007

Lolfish @ the Library - DISCUS the Feesh

DISCUS the Feesh
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Loldogs @ your Library

Loldogs @ your Library
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Very cute based on Lolcats.

We R ur community beggin fer access

These pets spent most all of one day this week attempting and achieving entrance to the library. Seems their owner was busy inside but returning periodically to give them water in little cups.

Some customers paused outside and waited to enter. Some children inside hurried to open the doors to let the dogs come right on inside.

They could be heard barking from the second floor on occasion and were retrieved promptly when they scurried into the library's Local and Family History room.

Transformation Lab

I just noticed this from the Tame the Web Blog: The Transformation Lab has produced new visions for the physical library of the future. In June the project will be presented at the 17th Halmstad conference in Aarhus. Program & registration:

August 02, 2007

Comment on: Can This 2.0 Stuff Help Libraries with Promotion?

One thing just really hit home with me while reading Stephen Abram's blog today:

What are the basic marketing building blocks? Simple, really – and classic: Place, Product, Price, Promotion, Public Relations, and Personal Selling. That’s the classic marketing mix. We have a great product. Our price is right on. We’re everywhere – indeed more places than Starbucks or McDonalds! We promote libraries using everything from Web sites to bookmarks. However, we fall down on the personal selling skills and strategies.
I really think that the profession of library and information science has to somehow start to attract more people who can actually do this! For so long, I think the profession has attracted many very smart, but shy and introverted types who are not good with their people skills.  We need to break out of this mold. If you are an "I" on the Myers-Briggs scale, maybe the new library world is not for you...

SirsiDynix OneSource: Can This 2.0 Stuff Help Libraries with Promotion?

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Robin Hood Marketing

This book is turning out to be quite fascinating and something that library staff members should read! I'm at Robin Hood Rule 2 which really spoke to me: "The most important values are those of our audiences, not our own.  The closer we align with our audiences' values, the higher our chances of motivating them to take action."

Library staff of all kinds should remember this Rule and put it into action.  In this competitive era, we need to really listen to our patrons' needs and adjust our services accordingly.  Check your OPAC for this title and you'll pick up some great tips just skimming through it. Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes: Books: Katya Andresen

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